Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Love Rapids!

(Excerpts from April14th, 2014)

I received your box in the mail. Thank you for that. I love the towel, the ties and all the snacks. .I am very grateful for the people in Rapids!  I feel I have really grown in this area.  I am glad to hear that Gran is doing okay. How is my Grandma?? I hope she is okay. I have been thinking of her lately. Tell her I love her please. I am glad to hear that Ipo is still in church and is singing with the members. I had heard about Chantel's call to Canada, Montreal Mission.  I am so happy for her:) I'm glad that Drew got his call to go to Samoa, Apia Mission.  

This past week I set a record of stepping three times in dog poop while tracking.  Each time my companion thinks about it he cracks up!  LOL.  I find out were I am going next week.  I'm going to have a hard time leaving everyone here.  My interview with President was awesome. We talked about the work and how everything was going in our area.  He was happy to see me as I was him.

I get to talk to you guys on Mother's Day.  I can't wait. Be safe. 

Love you guys,

Elder McMoore

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Text sent from Stacy in Wisconsin! (4-10-2014)

"Great having Elders at our house for supper.  Great young men!"
Thank you Stacy for feeding our missionaries.

Family History

(Excerpts from April 7th 2014 Email)

I had a great experience watching General Conference. I really felt the spirit with Elder Aidukaitis talk. We have been blessed TREMENDOUSLY !!!  ALL of our investigators come to watch General Conference at the chapel. I became emotional when I saw our investigators feel the spirit during the  talks.  I had to excuse myself for a bit so that they wouldn't see my emotion. I have a few more weeks left here, I believe in Rapids. It's O.K. I don't know what to expect, but it will be O.K. I trust were the Lord puts me to serve next. I have been serving and meeting a lot of people with Indian ancestry here. I feel like I'm serving the Lamanites, descendants from father Lehi. It's so neat to see their eyes open as they feel the spirit of Elijah when we share and when they read about their own ancestry. 

This week has been going very well. We have been blessed, but my companion and I don't go for numbers, we just simply go for what the Lord will give us. We have been getting a lot of new investigators through using family history as a tool and it works EXTREMELY well. We have been using our own family history to show people how fun it can be to learn about your own family  history. Some are very curious as to what my history is because I have the last name of McMoore but have dark features.
Our investigators are doing great. Not one is slipping. We have been fasting and praying for them and their progression. I am really happy here. :) I have recently let go of everything. The talks from General Conference have made me realize that I have much more important things to do than worry about other things after my mission or outside of my mission.  This has brought a lot of ease for me.
Love you all,
Elder M.

Friday, April 11, 2014

"I will go and do the things which the Lord has Commanded ..." 1 Nephi 3:7

(Email excerpt from Elder's Email: March 31st, 2014)

Thanks for taking those names to the temple. Can you please keep in your prayers Sister C's Mom?  Well the work here is going great. We have had great miracles happen to us here in the Wisconsin Rapids ward. This week was good and busy.  The K. boys are a less active family that we visit.They are the most teachable kids, very outgoing and humble individuals. I love the boys so much. It would be my greatest desire to see them go on future missions.

My five months out in the field seems to be going good so far. The days go by fast. Something crazy happened to us this week.  We were invited to this family's home.  This family previously could not accept organized religion.  I had a scripture in mind that I wanted to them to read from the Book of Mormon  It was1 Nephi 3:7, "I will go and do the things which the Lord has commanded." Instead I told them to read 3 Nephi 3:7 on accident.  It was the biggest mistake ever.

It read:

"Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite withus and become 
acquainted with our asecret works, and become our brethren that ye may blike 
unto us—not our slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance.

It was so bad, we just got up and left. Other than that, my week was good. :) I think I'm being transferred on the 22nd of the month.  President pretty much said as much in my last interview.  I am so looking forward to General Conference.  I am so excited.  Elder Gulliver is looking good in his pictures.  Where is he serving in Auckland?  Otara? 

I love you guys so much. Thanks for taking care of me.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blessings of the Lord

(Excerpts from Elder's email: March 24th, 2014)
My week wasn't that bad. I have had not the best but not the worst.  I had a pretty hard exchange again.  We literally did nothing for 24 hours. I felt really bad.  It's O.K. because today is a new day.  I'm just going to restart and keep going hard. This week we are focusing on rescuing.  We had three inactive families come to church so that was a good thing and four investigators came as well.  The Lord is blessing us.  Spring is almost here (I think).  It got warm and then it dropped crazy fast. I enjoyed seeing Liam's pictures from his game and also seeing pictures of the family at Grandpa's 96th birthday.  I love and miss you guys, but I am happy and well.  Yes, we are being fed!   :)
Love you guys,


Learning to Lean on the Lord

(Excerpts from Elders email: March 17th, 2014)

It brought an amazing burn to my heart to read that my dearest egg of a friend Afa, now is a Priest.  I am very proud of him.  This I know he knows.  I am so happy to hear that my cousin (Elder Gulliver) is now at the M.T.C.  I am excited and very happy for him.  He looks good in the pictures you sent.  The uniform suits him!  haha.
T.  is going great. She has been converted to the gospel and not the missionarys. I love it so much here in Wisconsin Rapids.  It's going to be hard to leave here when and if I transfer.  Something truly amazing happen to us this week and it is truly remarkable. We got a call on a cold Friday morning from a former investigator.  She had a lot of worry in her voice.  She explained that she was worried for her and her children's current situation.  She needed help by the way of groceries to feed her children.  At the time I was very nervous because it was way out of my reach.  We cannot shop until Pday (Monday).  I called Bishop and he didn't answer, so I got really scared.  I didn't know what to do.  I prayed very hard for help.  Later that day, my companion and  went to see a less active member.  She pulled out a bunch of groceries and said that she bought them for us because she didn't want us to starve!  This was an answer to our prayers!!!  We took those groceries knowing they were meant not for us but for this sister and her children.  She cried and was filled with much gratitude.  It was crazy cool!!!  I silently said a prayer of thanks to Heavenly Father for blessing us with a way to help.  1 Nephi 3:7 "I will go and do the things which the Lord has commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way or them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." 
Don't worry about me.  All is well.  I am learning to lean on the Lord and to ask him for things.  It is a humbling experience.  I love you guys. 
Happy birthday Liam you egg! Your brother loves you.
Elder McMoore


I Love Missionary Work!

(Excerpts from Elder's email: March 10th, 2014)

This week was great.  We were blessed to set a date for another investigator and her name is B. she is 61 years old and she is plan for april 26th.  She has such a great spirit to her and I was thrilled to hear that she wanted to get baptized.  :) She started to bear testimony of the Book of Mormon. The spirit is something she said, she wants to feel for the rest of her life.  I was so touched. I love missionary work.  We had another investigator come to church for the first time and he was very touched with what he had experienced.  We also had found a new investigator through a less active who wants to come back to church.  The lord is truly blessing us for our obedience.
Thanks for the pictures of Kyla's Fiafia night.  I was very proud of her.  Her dress and head set was beautiful.  If I was there I would have danced with her, but I am happy to be on my mission. Be safe and stay cool! It's a heat wave right now of 54 degrees and it feels so good. I love you guys soo much muahhhh 

Elder McMoore